June 17, 2017

Mr. Smith Stays in Washington

My mom took me to my first movie in 1939 to see the “Wizard of Oz.” I was too young to understand the subtleties of the movie then, but I sure enjoyed the experience. My dad took me to see my second 1939 movie in 1940: “Gone With the Wind.” Another classic, sandwiched in between them was a movie I didn’t see until many years later: “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” There again, I didn’t

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February 28, 2017

Oscar, Oscar. Who’s Got the Oscar

The Muckster is going to make many new enemies with this article, but then again, I may make a few new friends and find some kindred souls who see this Oscar charade for what it really is. This annual phenomenon is watched by millions of people so therefore we should have a smattering of knowledge of how the process works. The work is really done behind the scenes. Just like politics. The onstage presentation is

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